Labour manifesto unlikely to reveal Brexit stance

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCorbyn: “We will commit to a public vote” Jeremy Corbyn has promised a further referendum on Brexit with a “credible Leave option” versus Remain if his party wins the next general election. He said Labour was “ready” for the campaign, but its “priority” was to stop a no-deal Brexit. Its manifesto will promise to reach a better Brexit deal, but is not expected to commit to either Leave or Remain. Some senior party figures – close Corbyn allies – say they will campaign to stay in the EU in any circumstances. They include shadow chancellor John McDonnell and shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, who have both said remaining would be the best …

No-deal Brexit checks ‘needed near Irish border’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLeo Varadkar says there may be some checks ‘near the border’ in a no-deal Some checks on goods and live animals may need to take place near the Irish border in a no-deal Brexit, Irish PM Leo Varadkar has said. As far as possible, checks would take place at ports, airports and firms, the taoiseach said, and his government was “working out the details” with the EU. There was “a significant and growing risk of no-deal”, he added. UK PM Boris Johnson has said he would “rather be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit”, which is set for 31 October. What is the Irish border backstop? Why is the Irish border …

DUP MPs back government in Commons Brexit vote

Ahead of the vote, the DUP said it would not vote in favour of the motion, as it believed it would weaken the government’s negotiating hand with Brussels. ‘Increasingly likely’ After the historic vote, Mr Johnson said he did not want an election – but that if MPs backed legislation forcing his hand – then the public would have to decide whether he, or Jeremy Corbyn should be tasked to deliver Brexit. DUP chief whip Sir Jeffrey Donaldson told BBC Newsline that he believed an election was now almost certain. He added that he believed the government would struggle to get two-thirds of MPs to vote in favour of triggering an election, under the terms of the Fixed-Term Parliament Act. …

Swinson warns Corbyn over no-confidence vote

Corbyn: General election will stop Brexit ‘crisis’ What is a vote of no confidence? Do MPs have the power to stop a no-deal Brexit? Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly insisted that the UK will leave the EU on 31 October, with or without a deal. On Sunday, he told the BBC the chances of securing a new Brexit deal were “touch and go”, having previously said the odds of no deal were “a million to one”. Ahead of cross-party talks on how to avoid no deal – due to take place on Tuesday – Ms Swinson said the discussions should examine how to seize control of Commons business, oust Mr Johnson and install an emergency “government of national unity”. …

Cycle way campaigners offer tunnel vision

Deep in a green urban valley on the outskirts of Bradford, Graham Bickerdike watches contractors coming and going from the north portal of the tunnel. Image caption Campaigners fear the tunnel will be sealed off and lost as an opportunity for cyclists Mr Bickerdike suggests that “simple but unfortunate administrative error” could cost the taxpayer £2m. Highways England admits the water problem has pushed up costs but certainly not by that much. It also means contractors working on site can only do so from the dry northern end. To get to the other end they have had to make safe the central part of the tunnel, which was always regarded as the most dangerous section. By doing so, campaigners believe, …

EU ‘willing to listen’ to Johnson’s Brexit ideas

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDonald Tusk: I hope Boris Johnson will not want to go down in history as Mr No Deal European Council President Donald Tusk has said the EU is “willing to listen” to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ideas for Brexit if they are “realistic”. But speaking at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, Mr Tusk said he would “not co-operate on [a] no-deal”. Mr Johnson said that if Mr Tusk – who he will meet on Sunday – did not want to be remembered as “Mr No-Deal Brexit”, then UK demands must be met. Since becoming PM, Mr Johnson has said the UK will leave the EU on 31 October. Mr Johnson has …

Labour deputy Watson voices indyref2 opposition

‘Settled will’ And it follows a warning by ex-Labour prime minister Gordon Brown, who said unionism “appears to be sleepwalking into oblivion”. In a video released on Sunday, Mr Watson said: “We can see the mess caused by the prospect of the UK leaving the four decade-long union with Europe – imagine how much more disruptive it would be to break our three centuries-long Union of Scotland within the UK.” He pointed out that the party’s Scottish leader Richard Leonard had already made it “absolutely clear” that there was no case for a second independence referendum. Mr Watson added: “As we said in our 2017 manifesto, Labour opposes another referendum and the turbo-charged austerity in Scotland that leaving the UK …

Scottish school pupils receive exam results

What happens on results day? Image copyright Getty Images Children’s charity’s Childline also has counsellors available to help pupils who are worried about their grades. Leanne Ferries, Childline’s service manager for its Aberdeen base, said: “There can be an incredible pressure for children and young people during the exam period and this can turn to extreme anxiety around results time, especially if their marks don’t match up to their expectations or hopes. “They can often think these exams represent their last chance to make something of their lives, but this is certainly not the case and there are plenty of other options for those who do not get the results they expect or need. “We would encourage every pupil who …

No-deal poses ‘big unanswered questions’ for music

Classical musicians agree no-deal could mean uncertainty over work permits, delays at European borders and complications with moving instruments across the continent. “The nice and simple crossing at Calais, with 100 musicians and no obstacles,” could instantly become a thing of the past by Halloween, says Mark Pemberton, director of the Association of British Orchestras. Orchestral manoeuvres in the dark “We’ve got orchestras that are going on tour in November who do not know what the work permit restrictions and extra costs are going to be in, say, France or Germany. In terms of their preparation, there are some very big unanswered questions.” Even if work permits are granted, he believes European concert halls may look elsewhere as “there’s only …

PM urges NI parties to ‘seal power-sharing deal’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBoris Johnson: “I am committed to Good Friday Agreement” Boris Johnson has urged political parties in Northern Ireland to step up their efforts to restore devolved government, during talks in Belfast. The PM held a series of meetings with the five main Stormont parties, in which Brexit was also discussed. NI has been without a government since January 2017, when the power-sharing DUP/Sinn Féin coalition collapsed. On Tuesday, Mr Johnson held a private meeting with senior DUP figures, whose support he relies on in Parliament. What is direct rule? Q&A: The Irish border Brexit backstop Q&A: What is happening at Stormont? Who’s calling the shots on NI policy? The prime minister left …

Johnson’s new-look cabinet meet for first time

Stephen Barclay: Brexit secretary (retains post) Michael Gove: Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and no-deal Brexit planning Ben Wallace: Defence secretary Liz Truss: International trade secretary Matt Hancock: Health secretary (retains post) Gavin Williamson: Education secretary Nicky Morgan: Culture secretary Andrea Leadsom: Business secretary Amber Rudd: Work and pensions secretary (retains post) Jacob Rees-Mogg: Leader of the Commons See the full cabinet here Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJacob Rees-Mogg learns of new role from the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg Following his appointment, Mr Rees-Mogg, who led the pro-Brexit Tory European Research Group (ERG), denied there had been a “Leave” takeover of the cabinet. “Boris is bringing the country together, the party together, through his cabinet appointments,” …

MP’s Twitter used for angry resignation

The thread told the MP to “call a by-election” and informed Mr O’Mara he should consider the Twitter posts as Mr Arnold’s “resignation”. Read more Yorkshire stories Mr O’Mara, 37, quit the Labour party in July 2018 after being suspended over alleged misogynistic and homophobic comments posted online. His victory against former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg in the Sheffield Hallam seat was one of the shocks of the 2017 general election. Report End of Twitter post by @garetharnolduk Following his resignation, Mr Arnold took to his own account and tweeted: “Well, I can’t sleep. “Did I do the right thing? Did I go the right way about it? Did I act in anger and frustration? “I expect I’ll come …

UK ‘will have to face consequences of no deal’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMichel Barnier says Theresa May and her ministers never threatened to leave without a deal during negotiations The UK will have to “face the consequences” if it opts to leave without a deal, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has said. Michel Barnier told BBC Panorama the thrice-rejected agreement negotiated by Theresa May was the “only way to leave the EU in an orderly manner”. He also insisted Mrs May and her ministers “never” told him during Brexit talks she might opt for no deal. Publicly, Mrs May has always insisted no deal is better than a bad deal. In his first UK broadcast interview – conducted in May before the start of …

May to chair emergency meeting on Iran crisis

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA Royal Navy frigate can be heard warning Iranian armed forces, before the oil tanker is seized The prime minister will chair the government’s emergency committee Cobra on Monday after a British-flagged tanker was seized by Iran in the Gulf. Theresa May is expected to receive updates from ministers and officials and discuss maintaining the security of shipping in the area. It comes amid reports ministers are considering freezing Iranian assets. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to update MPs later on further measures the government will take. On Sunday, ministers denied domestic politics meant the government had taken its “eye off the ball”. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jeremy Hunt …

No-deal Brexit would be UK’s choice, Ireland says

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSimon Coveney: Ireland would have to protect its place in the EU single market If the new UK prime minister wants to “tear up” the existing withdrawal agreement with the EU “we’re in trouble”, Ireland’s deputy PM has said. Simon Coveney said the decision for a no-deal Brexit would be the UK’s but added checks “of some sorts” would be needed in the Irish Republic. Ireland would have to protect its place in the single market, he told the BBC. Both men vying to become UK PM say they want to change the withdrawal deal and, in particular, the so-called backstop. Mr Coveney warned: “That’s a little bit like saying, ‘Give me …